History’s Mauricio Tenorio receives a Humboldt Research Award

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded history professor Mauricio Tenorio its prestigious Research Award.

Mauricio Tenorio is the Samuel N. Harper Professor of History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College. He is affiliated faculty with UChicago’s Center for Latin American Studies and Katz Center for Mexican Studies.


Tenorio's work focuses on the cultural and social history of Mexican urbanism, particularly of Mexico City. Among many publications, his book, I Speak of the City, received the 2015 Laing Prize from the University of Chicago Press. It connects the realms of literature, architecture, music, popular language, art, and public health to investigate the city in a variety of contexts: as a living history textbook, as an expression of the state, as a modernist capital, as a laboratory, and as language.


The Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher's career achievements to date, recognizing academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.


The Humboldt Foundation, located in Bonn, Germany, promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. Research fellowships and research awards allow scholars to come Germany to work on a research project chosen with a host and collaborative partner. As an intermediary organization for German foreign cultural and educational policy, The Foundation also fosters international cultural dialogue and academic exchange.

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